Three months after Typhoon Haiyan, aid shifts to rebuilding

World Vision is helping communities rebuild and providing support for emotionally distressed children, three months after a massive storm ravaged the Philippines.

By Mark Nonkes, World Vision
Published February 7, 2014 at 07:30am PST

In the three months since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, more than half a million people received rice, water, soap, jerry cans, and other basics for survival from World Vision.

Now World Vision is helping families and communities to rebuild.

‘Get back on their feet for the long term’

Top priorities include restoring livelihoods, reconstructing homes, protecting children, and rebuilding community infrastructure.

“We’re now working toward helping families get back on their feet for the longer term,” says Mike Weickert, response manager for World Vision. “We are ready to help equip survivors with new skills to earn an income, help families repair and rebuild their homes, and fix broken schools and healthcare centers.”

In the first 90 days after the storm, World Vision supplied 680,575 people with food aid and other emergency goods. Shelter kits with tarpaulins and ropes equipped 13,605 families to put up temporary roofs and walls.

In locations where markets were restored soon after the storm, World Vision partnered with the World Food Program to provide cash grants to Haiyan survivors. Some 67 million pesos (nearly $1.5 million) were distributed to more than 52,000 beneficiaries.

“In the next phase of our response, as local markets work more effectively, we will see more cash-for-work projects. This will allow us to be more effective and will give beneficiaries choices in the items they purchase,” Mike says.

Children recovering from psychological impact of the storm

In 60 villages, World Vision opened safe places for some 20,000 children to gather for activities to boost their recovery from the psychological impact of the storm.

“When children arrived, they were afraid. Living through and watching the devastation of Haiyan hit them hard emotionally,” says Patrick Sooma, who manages World Vision’s programming for children in emergencies.

“Over the course of nearly three months, by attending the daily sessions, we saw children overcome their stress — smiles returned and play rekindled.”

Jake William Cabatingan, 2, would often break into tears when the wind became strong or the sky grew cloudy.

In the weeks after the typhoon, Jake was taken to World Vision’s Child-Friendly Spaces set up in his village. It has helped him rebound, his mom says. He’s one of the thousands of children who have been transformed by the Child-Friendly Spaces set up in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

“When they arrived a few months ago, they looked shocked. They were afraid, hesitant. They weren’t happy. They watched their houses fall down and their schools get destroyed. Their faces were hopeless,” says Annie Rose Labra, a Child-Friendly Space facilitator in north Cebu.

“Children have returned to normal, they’re happy again.”

Help now

Please pray for ongoing rebuilding projects and long-term plans for recovery and for psychological healing for children recovering from emotional distress in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Pray that children would be protected from sickness, fear, accidents, and exploitation.

Sponsor a child in the Philippines. When a disaster like Typhoon Haiyan strikes, sponsorship provides a child and entire community with life-saving basics and fosters resiliency in the aftermath.

Make a one-time donation to World Vision’s Philippines Disaster Response Fund. Your contribution will help us deliver life-saving assistance in the aftermath of sudden-onset emergencies in the Philippines, including Typhoon Haiyan.

Highlights

  • Three months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, top recovery priorities include restoring livelihoods, reconstructing homes, protecting children, and rebuilding community infrastructure.
  • World Vision supplied 680,575 people with food aid and other emergency goods.
  • Distributed shelter kits equipped 13,605 families to put up temporary roofs and walls.
  • World Vision has opened Child-Friendly Spaces for some 20,000 children to gather and boost their recovery from the psychological impact of the storm.

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